Friends of Freshfields lawyer shot dead in Berlin are crowdfunding to help his family

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By Alex Aldridge on

Legal and other costs facing popular ex-solicitor’s parents could hit £20,000


Friends of the young former Freshfields lawyer who was shot dead in Berlin last week have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help his family meet the legal costs of getting him justice.

31 year-old Luke Holland — who quit the magic circle firm two years ago to launch a tech start-up — was senselessly killed last Sunday as he left a nightclub.

Since then Holland’s grieving family has been hit by £4,000 in repatriation costs to bring the popular former solicitor’s body back to the UK. Costs for the funeral , which is expected to be attended by people from all over the world, are also mounting.

But the largest expense is likely to be incurred during the trial of the man alleged to have murdered the Sheffield University law graduate. This will require Holland’s parents to hire a lawyer and travel back and forth to Germany, while also stay there temporarily once proceedings have commenced.

Holland’s friends estimate that the total cost will be £20,000 — their crowdfunding target — and have already raised £2,225 towards this goal.

You can donate here.